HOW TO MAKE A FACE MASK

I lived in Beijing a few years ago and over there wearing a mask is part ofthe daily routine. It is worn to protect against road dust and pollution. I was far from imagining at the time that I would be crafting homemade masks for a global pandemic.

I am very proud of handcrafting masks and thus participate in my own way in limiting the spread of this pandemic.

The arrival of this accessory is not without impact on the environment and therefore for me it representsmore upcycling opportunities. So I prepared this upcycled denim mask DIY pattern for you.

So I invite you to be a denim upcycler with me and craft a mask for your self or loved ones with your denim scraps.

Get it all done for you. My face mask are made in Montreal;)

FACE MASK DIY VIDEO

LET’S TALK ABOUT FABRIC TO MAKE MASK

Why denim? Will you tell me. Denim is tightly woven, durable and a resistant material. Most of the time made out of cotton it is a material which breathes well and which is easy to care. In addition, the fact that it is a recycled material ensures that the material has been prewashed several times and eliminates any problem related to shrinkage that could occur with a new material. If you want to know more, I invite you to read the document from AFNOR, the French Association for Standardization. Also closer to home I recommend the document from Vestecpro, research and innovation center in clothing.

TO MAKE YOUR UPCYCLED DENIM MASK YOU WILL NEED:

  • The Kinsu pattern
  • A pair of clean old jeans or denim scraps. For optimal result use 100% cotton denim which is more breathable. Try to avoid jeans with to much stretch in it. Lt. weight denim is preferable it will make your mask more breathable and cooler during summer:)
  • Jersey fabric for the lining. ( You can use a t-shirt that you don’t wear anymore)
  • ¼ inch flat elastic (28.25 inches)
  • Twill tape ¾ inch (23 inches)
  • Scissors and fabric chalk
  • A sewing machine equip with a denim needle

ABOUT THIS MASK PATTERN

  • PDF format downloadable pattern
  • letter size print
  • black and white or color
  • 3 pages
  • Personal or commercial license
  • This pattern has two pieces (A-B).
  • The adult mask pattern comes in 3 sizes (S-M-L)
  • The children mask pattern comes in two sizes (5-8 years old and 9-12 years old)

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

PATTERN PLACEMENT IF IT IS A SKINNY JEANS

If the pattern is too wide for the width of the jeans leg. Position the pattern with the warp across the width of the mask.

PATTERN PLACEMENT IF IT IS A LARGE OR WIDE LEG JEANS

If the width of the pants allows it, position the pattern following direction of the warp in the direction of the height of the mask.

TO MAKE A MASK YOU NEED TO CUT:

X1 shell

X1 lining

X1 elastic

* Do not cut the twill tape in advance, fix it on the mask and then cut.

** If you use new lining fabric instead of a t-shirt, make sure to wash it before you cut to pre-shrink it and avoid further problem.

MASK SEWING STEPS

Fold the lining, right side in, and sew both darts at ¼ inch from the edge. Fold the edges of the lining and top stitch at ¼ inch.

Fold the shell right side in  and sew the darts at ¼ inch from the edge.

Insert the lining inside the shell and topstitch the top and bottom of the lining with the shell 1/8’’ from the edge.

Finish the sides of the mask making a binding with the twill tape. Top stitch at 1/8’’ from the edge of the twill tape.

Fix the twill tape inside the mask, at the top and bottom of the mask and sew at ¼ inch from the edge. Then, turn the twill tape and the seam allowance on the right side of the mask and stitch 1/8 inch  from the edge.

Overlap the two ends of the elastic and secure them together. Fold the twill ribbon twice, fixing it over the elastic. Hide the end of the elastic under one of the loops so that the elastic stays in place only there. Repeat the operation and attach the elastic to the other three corners by making loops with the twill tape taking care not to sew the elastic so it can be adjustable.

You’re done! Woop woop!

SHARE YOUR CRAFT

I love to see what you’ve been upcycling. Join the fbk community @denimupcycler Share them, insta @kinsu_atelier.

#kinsu #denimupcycler #kinsudiy

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